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Cianjur government to issue appeal to schools to be on guard against LGBT threat
CNN Indonesia – October 19, 2018
The Cianjur regency government in West Java is planning to issue an appeal to the principles of all primary and senior high schools along with equivalent educational institutions to socialise the dangers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

Lawmakers celebrate defeat of pro-LGBT motion at IPU meeting in Geneva
Liputan 6 – October 18, 2018
The head of the Justice and Prosperity Party faction in the House of Representatives (DPR) says that Indonesian lawmakers firmly rejected the legalisation and spread of LGBT at the general assembly of the 139th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which took place on October 14-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

FPI rejects 'sinful' dance festival, says recent disasters are 'warning from God'
Detik News – October 18, 2018
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) says that the reason it opposes the Gandrung Sewu Dance Festival in Banyuwangi, East Java, is because of the string of recent disasters that have hit Indonesia.

Advocacy group says anti-LGBT sermons at mosques will trigger even more persecution
CNN Indonesia – October 18, 2018
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy group Arus Pelangi (Rainbow Current) has slammed the Cianjur regency government's call for mosques to present sermons on the dangers of LGBT and HIV/AIDS at Friday prayers on October 19.

West Java governor, Jokowi's campaign team okay with anti-LGBT sermons in mosques
CNN Indonesia – October 18, 2018
West Java Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum says that his office will not make an issue over the appeal by the Cianjur regency government calling on all mosques to present sermons on the dangers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) during Friday prayers.

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Bali beauty pageant signals renewed anti-LGBT crackdown
Voice of America – October 20, 2018
Majority-Hindu Bali has long been considered more tolerant of different sexual identities compared with other parts of Indonesia, especially amid recent anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) crackdowns in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

Gay couple arrested in Bandung for running LGBT Facebook page
Straits Times – October 20, 2018
The West Java Police have arrested a man and his partner for allegedly running a Facebook page for the gay community in Bandung, West Java, in Indonesia's first case of criminalisation of homosexual hangouts on social media.

Indonesian ride-sharing app VP penalized for pro-LGBTI Facebook post
Gay Star News – October 20, 2018
The vice president of a popular Indonesia-based ride-sharing app has been received a 'sanction and a strict warning' after posting a pro-LGBTI message on Facebook.

Prabowo wants to 'make Indonesia great again'
Sydney Morning Herald – October 20, 2018
It's the slogan that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, emblazoned on hats, bumper stickers and t-shirts across the USA and which has resonated around the world: "make America great again".

After four years, Jokowi still 'has lots to do' for human rights, graft fight
Jakarta Post – October 20, 2018
Four years after his election, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has yet to fulfill many of his promises on the issues of human rights and graft eradication.

Indonesia: Pro-LGBT Facebook post draws anti-gay reaction
Eurasia Review – October 19, 2018
LGBT people in Indonesia are facing renewed pressure after a ride-sharing company's message of support triggered an anti-gay response in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

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Correcting the record on human rights violations in West Papua and the 1969 UN resolution regarding 'Act of Free Choice'
TAPOL/East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Joint Statement – October 3, 2018
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network condemn yet another wave of mass arrests [1] during the opening week of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

West Papua betrayed 56 years ago
Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – September 21, 2018
On the 21st September in 1962 the UNGA debated the New York Agreement and voted to pass a Dutch-Indonesia resolution on it by 89 votes to none. There were 14 abstentions.

West Papuans in more danger from security forces ahead of UN General Assembly
United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) – September 21, 2018
Ahead of next week's 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Indonesian security forces have been executing a violent campaign to crackdown on freedom of expression in West Papua.

Indonesia: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – September 11, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans.

Papuan activist charged for posting Facebook video
Amnesty International Urgent Action – September 7, 2018
A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook. He was charged with "disseminating hostility against the state ideology" under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction.

Call for immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski
Joint Statement – September 8, 2018
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of Simon Carlos Magal and Jakub Fabian Skrzypski. In the event that Mr. Skrzypski is prosecuted, we call on all representative parties to ensure that he is afforded a fair trial.

AWPA calls on PIF leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – September 4, 2018
AWPA calls on the Pacific Islands Forum leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists by the Indonesian security forces.

Statements, press releases, solidarity and urgent appeals are archived under their country specific page/section, which can be selected from the drop-down menu on the left.

News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: Trade unions' initiative to create alternative political force in Indonesia
ISEAS Perspectives – August 10, 2018
Five trade union confederations organised a conference in April 2018 that brought together like-minded progressive trade unions, non-government organisations, student activists and political groups, to push for an alternative political force which would be independent of the two major power blocs led by President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia: How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
Mongabay – June 7, 2018
In June this year, elections will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia. On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their everyday lives.

Indonesia: Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
The Foreign Service Journal – May 1, 2018
With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st century.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The Star Online – April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia at Melbourne – March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech. Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.

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Despite FPI warning of God's wrath, Gandrung Sewu Festival will go on
Coconuts Jakarta – October 19, 2018
Following an attack by masked assailants that led to cancellation of the traditional Javanese sedekah laut ceremony in Cental Java's Bantul regency on Saturday, another cultural festival in Banyuwangi, East Java, has decided to carry on despite opposition from a local hardline Islamic group.

Two retired army general groups back Jokowi in 2019 election
Tempo – October 19, 2018
As it turns out, several retired Indonesian Armed Forces Generals have not gone entirely into retirement heading toward the 2019 Presidential Election. Two notable teams that consist of former TNI generals, Bravo-5 and Team Cakra 19, are set to back the incumbent candidate Joko 'Jokowi' WIdodo-Ma'ruf Amin.

Nearly 6 in 10 Muslim teachers intolerant, many vilify modern science: Survey
Jakarta Globe – October 18, 2018
Most Muslim teachers in Indonesia are intolerant of other religions and highly prone to radicalization, a recent survey showed.

Minister proposes 8.13% rise in minimum wage
Jakarta Post – October 18, 2018
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has proposed an 8.13 percent rise in the provincial minimum wage (UMP) for 2019, saying an increase of that amount was based on data issued by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) on inflation of 2.88 percent and economic growth of 5.15 percent.

Indonesian religious minister denounces LGBT, but calls for people's empathy
Jakarta Post – October 17, 2018
Social media went abuzz earlier this week with #UninstallGoJek after homegrown ride-hailing company Gojek has come under fire after a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of its executives expressing support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community went viral.

Indonesia's competitiveness improves, but still well below Singapore, Malaysia
Jakarta Post – October 17, 2018
Indonesia's economic competitiveness has stepped up, according to the recently released Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Coal plant protesters in Indramayu face trial over national flag incident
Jakarta Post – October 17, 2018
Human rights watchdogs demand that the government immediately release Sawin and Sukma, two environmentalists from Indramayu, West Java, who were arrested on Sept. 24 following state defamation charges.

57% of teachers are intolerant of other religions: Islamic research center
Coconuts Jakarta – October 17, 2018
Many people are concerned about a growing climate of religious intolerance in Indonesia, not just among adults but children as well. Of course, intolerance is something that children have to learn and there is evidence to suggest that many of the country's teachers are passing their own intolerant attitudes onto their students.

Has Indonesia forgotten contraception?
Indonesia at Melbourne – October 16, 2018
if not outright hostility – toward contraception that is common to most religions, debates over its regulation are often deeply political and value-laden.

Pocky challenge at mall's K-Pop event leads to LGBT panic in Indonesia
Coconuts Jakarta – October 16, 2018
There has been a sharp rise in intolerance against the LGBT community in Indonesia in recent years due to rising conservatism and political fear-mongering.

Uberrima fides? Witness K, East Timor and the economy of espionage
Counter Punch – October 15, 2018
"There is an air of unreality about this stated case. It has the appearance of a Law School moot based on an episode taken from the adventures of Maxwell Smart".

Feminists gather in Bali to criticize WB and IMF
Tempo – October 15, 2018
On Saturday afternoon, October 13th, around 50 women's rights organizations, grassroots organizations, farmer organizations and workers from all over Asia gathered at Padang Galak Beach in Bali, Indonesia to criticize The World Bank and the IMF in a Balinese ceremony called Larung Ceremony.

KPK urged to be resolute in solving IndonesiaLeaks report case
Jakarta Post – October 15, 2018
Members, initiators and partners of IndonesiaLeaks, an independent whistle-blower platform that recently published a report on the alleged involvement of a top police officer in a bribery case, have urged the KPK to be resolute in holding those allegedly responsible for the case accountable.

#UninstallGojek trends after executive shows support for LGBT community
Jakarta Post – October 14, 2018
Homegrown ride-hailing app Gojek has come under fire after a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of its executives expressing support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community went viral.

Plastic surgery hoax becomes latest disinformation scandal ahead of 2019 poll
South China Morning Post – October 14, 2018
An Indonesian anti-government activist's secret plastic surgery procedure has spiralled into the country's latest fake news scandal ahead of next year's presidential polls and bruised a former army general's ambitions to unseat incumbent Joko Widodo.

Their land defiled, forest people swap flower worship for Quran and concrete
New York Times – October 14, 2018
When the flowers could no longer summon the gods, the healer knew it was time to leave the forest. As a traditional healer of the Orang Rimba, or forest people, Temenggung Tarip had long depended on jungle blooms to conjure the divine for his seminomadic indigenous community.

Thai Electoral rules aimed to fragment political parties
Ugly Truth Thailand – October 14, 2018
The junta's anti-reformists have devised a strange and complicated equation for allocating the number of MPs that each party would have in parliament after the next election.

Indonesia should follow Malaysia on death penalty: Amnesty International
Jakarta Post – October 13, 2018
Indonesia should follow in Malaysia's footsteps in abolishing the death penalty, a human rights group has said. Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid said an initiative to abolish the death penalty could come from the House of Representatives.

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